The Global Issues Network engages its participants in many meaningful ways:
CONFERENCES. Each year, GIN conferences bring together students, teachers, experts, NGOs, and representatives from educational organizations. Conferences are self-funded and have ranged in size from 100 to 800 participants. Schools typically host the conferences, but organizers have included a university and even a U.S. state governor. More local conferences are also being organized each year.
GIN conferences are about cooperation, not competition. Students are expected to take the leadership with adults acting in support roles. The format is similar to a professional conference, with plenary and breakout sessions led by students, and social activities that promote exchange and collaboration around global issues. Keynote speakers are typically young – from school age to 30 – and offer inspiration and direction for their audiences.
ON-THE-GROUND PROJECTS. Participating schools are encouraged to engage in GIN-related activities throughout the school year. These include GIN clubs or classes, local or global projects, and collaboration with other GIN and local schools.
PARTNERSHIPS. GIN has helped students and teachers to form partnerships with NGOs, universities, and corporations.
TEACHERS. Participating teachers benefit in the same manner as their students. The Global Issues Network seeks to:
INFORM: providing resources for educators to learn about global issues education;
INSPIRE: coordinating events that motivate educators to act on global issues education;
EQUIP: training educators with the necessary skills and tools to tackle global issues education; and
ACT: encouraging and facilitating collaborative and sustainable action on global issues education.
ONLINE COMMUNITY. This website was launched in February 2013 to provide a collaborative forum for all things GIN. It is hosted by the Washington International School (WIS) and is maintained by participants worldwide. Usage is governed by Terms of Service. The website is password protected, and participants are required to submit detailed information about themselves to encourage like-to-like connections. Any registrant suspected of offering false personal information will be deleted.